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Writing Bundle: Active Learning

Grade Levels
5th - 10th
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    Get ’em moving. Then get ’em writing!

    This bundle is jam-packed with opening activities that will get students excited about the writing assignments which follow them.

    The products in this bundle are also sold individually here:



    CHARACTER INTROS: Boring Characters Be Gone!


    If purchased separately, the total price of this bundle is $18.75. Get all four for $14.00!

    What will you get?

    1. Character Trait Swap

    Character Trait Swap is a game played with the entire class.

    Students line up facing one another and use their trait cards to talk about themselves, their opinions, an historic figure, or a literary character.

    This high-interest activity can either be used as a stand-alone activity to help students use evidence to support claims or as a springboard for multi-genre writing assignments.

    Variations of the game and extension assignments are included.

    After each set is used, the word wall mini-posters will help students make claims (and support them with examples, stories, and quotations) about future fiction and non-fiction tasks.

    Character Trait Swap: Skills/Objectives

    1. Writing across genres

    2. Making claims

    3. Discussing and writing about character traits by citing evidence (i.e. telling stories and giving examples)

    4. Analyzing real and/or fictional characters

    5. Working with diverse partners

    Product Components

    Trait Swap Game Directions

    Master Lists of Character Traits

    Favorite Traits Notebook Insert

    3 Sets of 44 Character Traits (Easy to Advanced)

    132 Word Wall Traits with 1 Display Poster

    Blank Cards and Cover Cards for Swap cards and Word Wall Sets

    2. Character Intros: Boring Characters Be Gone!!

    During my 5 years as a literacy coach, I have used the 130 names included in this activity pack to get students in grades 5-10 to create rich character descriptions for narrative pieces.

    Students will never again write a boring character description like “John Smith was a 5’5’ boy with brown hair.” Instead, they’ll replace this ho-hum description with a more interesting one like “Cosmo Finkelbean clutched his lucky rabbit’s foot and wiped the sweat from his forehead as he made his way to the podium.”

    Product Components

    130 Character Names

    10 Days of Lessons

    Character Intro Directions

    Character Collection Setup

    Character Improv Activity

    Extension Materials including:

    How to Write a Character Sketch

    Pre-Writing Organizers

    3-Step Outlines

    Final Draft Display Pages

    3. Character Snapshots

    When writers want to give their readers a sneak peek into a character’s real or fictional world, they use snapshots.


    FILE #1: 12 Minute Free Writes with Built-In PowerPoint Timer – 10 Prewrite Preview Pages and 10 Timer Display Slides (37 pages)

    File #2: Photo Cards – 40 photos, 8 cover cards and directions for whole-class and small-group instruction (24 pages)

    File #3: Gab & Go Stations – 10 station number cards and character snapshots with 1 event poster (35 pages)

    File #4: Extension Bonus – How to Write Biographical and Literary Snapshots (with samples). Also included: Bonus Bulletin Board Materials (32 pages)

    4. Make Your Characters Jump off the Page

    A Unit of Study on Sentence Variety, Characterization, and Authentic Dialogue

    Product Components

    Swirl and Stop Interactive Personality Trait Worksheets (2 sets)

    Swirl and Stop Interactive Character Worksheet (2 sets)

    Mystery Number Settings Worksheet (2 sets)

    It’s All About Me: Character Profile Planning Sheet Role Play Scripts

    Sentence Variety Script-Writing Forms

    Common Core Standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening

    Step-By-Step Directions

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    Total Pages
    287 pages
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    Teaching Duration
    1 Semester
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